Sensitive skin is an elusive term. It almost seems made up, because it is hard to concretely define what it means to have sensitive skin. But if you have sensitive skin, you are probably aware of it.
- Tight or tingling skin with no outwardly visible reason
- Reactions to skincare products like cleansers and shampoos
- Overreactions* to shaving or stress
- Chronic, recurring dryness and redness
*To clarify, reactions or overreactions means that your skin may become dry or red or may break out more easily than other people’s skin. For example, most people don’t break out in a rash from shaving their legs or using an over-the-counter lotion.
If your skin has any of the above characteristics, it probably falls into the sensitive skin category. Want to learn more about sensitive skin, such as the types and appropriate care?
In this article, find out more about:
1. Acne-Prone Skin
Skin that breaks out often is usually oily and more prone to bacteria, which is what causes whiteheads and blackheads. Most people with acne issues have larger pores, especially in the T-zone. Larger pores also make it easier for bacteria to make its way under your skin. People with skin prone to acne should avoid using products that can clog pores. Anti-inflammatories can go a long way in creating healthier, smoother skin.
Rosacea is a skin condition marked by flushing of the face, pimples, and broken blood vessels. Dermatologists still aren’t sure what exactly causes rosacea, but theories include genetics and bacterial infection. People with rosacea are prone to red patches and dryness. Anti-inflammatories also work wonders for people with rosacea.
3. Burning and Stinging Skin
Why certain people have skin prone to burning and stinging is largely a mystery to dermatologists. There are theories of course, but one thing is certain: burning and stinging is not easily treatable, probably because it has to do with nerve components or the specific way a person’s skin is put together.
Dermatologists do know that burning and stinging is easily exacerbated by lactic acid, azaelic acid, benzoic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin C. These are not the only ingredients that can cause burning and stinging, however. A doctor can test different products on a patient to determine what exactly makes their skin burn or sting.
4. Contact Dermatitis
Contact dermatitis basically means exhibiting allergic reactions to different products. People with contact dermatitis can fall on a range from severe reactions to minor ones. Reactions usually include a rash or hives. If a skin care product causes you to have a reaction, it is probably due to the fragrance, preservatives, or dye used to make the product. The only way to know what exactly causes an allergic reaction is to have a doctor test the individual ingredients on your skin.
Caring for sensitive skin is all about knowing your skin’s specific eccentricities and needs. Sensitive skin is more demanding than other types of skin because it may react to different products and you might not know exactly why. Trying different products and figuring out what works for you and what doesn’t is the best way to manage sensitive skin, so have patience.
Generally, people with sensitive skin should stick to products that:
- Do not contain artificial dyes or preservatives
- Do not have a fragrance added
- Are not oil based
- Have not irritated them in the past
Olive oil polyphenols are a great ingredient for people with sensitive skin. Whether consumed internally or applied topically, olive oil polyphenols are natural anti-inflammatories that have added benefits like guarding against premature aging. Extra-virgin olive oil is naturally chock full of olive oil polyphenols antioxidants.
Topical solutions like Perricone MD Gentle Cleanser that contain olive oil polyphenols and don’t strip skin of its natural oils are a great solution for sensitive skin. And a water-based cleanser like the Gentle Cleanser can go a long way in keeping sensitive skin clean without creating a harsh reaction.